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Palantir - Remote Desktop Manager

, 6 Aug 2007
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Palantir is an application that allows users to manage remote desktop connections in one window. It also allows users to save existing connections for later use.
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Palantir is an application that allows users to manage remote desktop connections in one window. It also allows users to save existing connections for later use.


The remote desktop connections are managed with Microsoft RDP Client control. This control has all of the properties such as Server, UserName, Domain, etc. in order to set up a remote desktop connection. In addition to these properties, sharing printers, disk drives or color depth of the remote desktop can be managed via RDP Client control. Palantir enables users to create a remote desktop connection and save connection settings for later use. Users can also choose to start a remote desktop connection automatically when the application starts.

The settings can be saved into a file and restored from a setting file. Users can also connect to a computer via console. The application has a class named Machine that stores a remote desktop connection's properties. All of the remote connections created by user is stored in application's .settings file. This setting file has a property setting named MyMachine and its type is string. This property is converted into Hashtable while getting the settings. Palantir's solution consists of four projects which are GUI, Helper, BusinessObjects and a setup project.

Using the Code

The remote desktop connections are retrieved by the function below:

public List<Machine> GetRemoteDesktops()         
    List<Machine> lstMachine = new List<Machine>();             
    if (Settings.Default.MyMachine != "")             
        Hashtable ht = 
        foreach (DictionaryEntry de in ht)                     
            Machine insMachine = (Machine)de.Value;                     
    lstMachine.Sort(delegate(Machine m1, Machine m2) 
        return m1.RemoteDesktopConnectionName.CompareTo(
    return lstMachine;         

As seen in the code, this function deserializes the setting named MyMachine into a hashtable and inserts each dictionary entry in the hashtable into a list and returns the list. A remote desktop connection is saved and edited by the function below:

public bool SaveRemoteDesktop(Machine parMachine, bool openedForEdit)   
    if (Settings.Default.MyMachine == "")
        Hashtable ht = new Hashtable(); 
        Settings.Default.MyMachine = BinarySerializer.ToBinary(ht); 
    Hashtable ht1 = 
    if (!parMachine.SavePassword) 
        parMachine.Password = "";             
    if (!openedForEdit)             
        foreach (DictionaryEntry de in ht1)                 
            if (((Machine)de.Value).RemoteDesktopConnectionName == 
                MessageBox.Show("There is already a 
                                    remote connection with the same name.");                         
                return false;                     
    ht1[parMachine.RemoteDesktopConnectionName] = parMachine; 
    Settings.Default.MyMachine = BinarySerializer.ToBinary(ht1);
    return true; 

If there's no currently saved remote desktop connection, we create a new hashtable and then serialize and save the settings file. After that, we deserialize the settings parameter into a hashtable and after checking if there's another connection with the same name, we save the remote desktop connection with the function's parameter Machine object. The methods below set the RDP Client control's settings and connect to the remote desktop which is passed as parameter.

private void SetRdpClientProperties(Machine parMachine)   
    rdpc.Server = parMachine.MachineName;             
    rdpc.UserName = parMachine.UserName;             
    rdpc.Domain = parMachine.DomainName;             
    if (parMachine.Password != "")             
        rdpc.AdvancedSettings5.ClearTextPassword = parMachine.Password;   
    rdpc.AdvancedSettings5.RedirectDrives = parMachine.ShareDiskDrives;     
    rdpc.AdvancedSettings5.RedirectPrinters = parMachine.SharePrinters; 
    rdpc.ColorDepth = (int)parMachine.ColorDepth;             
    rdpc.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;           
public void Connect(Machine parMachine)         
public void ConnectViaConsole(Machine parMachine)         
    rdpc.AdvancedSettings5.ConnectToServerConsole = true;    


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Questionpocket pc version? Pin
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QuestionBuild errors with VS 2005 Pin
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AnswerRe: Build errors with VS 2005 Pin
GrantS23-Oct-07 22:40
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Wink | ;) I had the same problem. Not sure if this helps you. I know nothing of the MSTSC class library. What I did to resolve the problem:
1. Opened the Palantir solution on Visual Studio 2005
2. Created a 'ReferencedDlls' folder in the solution stucture
3. Downloaded the RDPTest project from the link on Roy Osherove's Blogg ([^]
[It is is possible that you could simply use the same MSTSC (interop and Com) Dlls Ishir used - in her references and simply change the code, as descibed below ..., but I thought at first there might be a difference in the Dll because Roy's code as his compiled and ran OK using similar functionality of the classes. As such I did not bother testing the code changes against the Palantir provided Dlls].
4. I copied AxInterop.MSTSCLib.dll and Interop.MSTSCLib.dll from Roys' (Bin\debug folder) to the 'ReferencedDlls' folder I created.
5. Then remove the reference in the Palantir Project to the AxInteropMSTSCLib
6. Then re-add the reference in the Palantir to the AxInterop.MSTSCLib.dll against the file in the 'ReferencedDlls' folder.
7. Then try and recompile the solution (expect it to still fail).
8. Work throught the handful of errors reported in the Task List, changing the class AxMSTSCLib.AxMsRdpClient4 to use AxMSTSCLib.AxMsRdpClient2
such as:
rdpc = new AxMSTSCLib.AxMsRdpClient2();
[both of these - and the others - are in the RemoteDesktopControllerPage file of the Plantir Project]

Hopefully you will get it to compile this way. Seems to be no ill effect from replacing AxMSTSCLib.AxMsRdpClient4 with AxMSTSCLib.AxMsRdpClient2 [The MSTSC gurus may think otherwise]

Hope this helps

Ishir - Thanks for a great tool. This will help me greatly.
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GeneralAlready better than MS RDP client, yet needs improvements [modified] Pin
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